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Computer-Aided Instruction Program for BIOSIS Previews

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Computer-Aided Instruction Program for BIOSIS Previews

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BIOSIS has released a diskette version of the Basic Training Course for its biological and medical database, BIOSIS Previews. This computer-aided assistance program, entitled "Discovering BIOSIS Previews: An Interactive Disk," is a comprehensive, cost-effective and convenient resource for users unable to attend scheduled BIOSIS Previews training courses, for organizations that often need to train new staff members, or for users who want to improve their search strategies.

Discovering BIOSIS Previews: An Interactive Disk is accompanied by a detailed workbook entitled, Discovering BIOSIS Previews: An Interactive Guide, which is used in conjunction with the diskette. This interactive training program provides a thorough foundation for searching BIOSIS Previews and includes the following features: * A mini-database containing actual BIOSIS Previews records to enable users to conduct searches. This mini-database also features simulated BRS, Data-Star, DIALOG, and STN International command languages to help users improve search skills on these systems. * Descriptions of each data clement, including search system-specific information, to help users identify the most appropriate methods of using various data elements to optimize data retrieval * Statistics on the size and subject coverage of BIOSIS Previews - information essential for users to determine the degree of coverage offered by BIOSIS Previews for their area of research * Directions for using the BIOSIS Previews Search Guide to develop effective search strategies * Workshop exercises to reinforce instruction

Discovering BIOSIS Previews: An Interactive Disk is designed for IBM or Ibm-compatible personal computers. …

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